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A big THANK YOU to all you volunteers who gave up a sunny bank holiday Friday to help us with our street collection. We got a great reception from passersby and a some very generous donations. The total raised on the day was a massive 1374.02 Euro which will go towards building a new enrichment area in the kennels. The aim of the enrichment area is to alleviate boredom in kennelled dogs and entertain them using their brains which should help them to settle better and avoid "kennel stress"

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The Big Spring Raffle Winners Announced

We had a great nights entertainment at Barking Bingo on Wed night and a big thank you to all who turned up to support us.

We held the draw for the Big Spring Raffle and the prize winners were:

1st Prize Mara Murphy, Oranmore

2nd prize J Kielthy, Carlow

3rd Prize Caroline O' Toole, c/o Glenina vet clinic, Renmore

There were several other winners on the night and I think almost every table went home with at least one prize!

We would like to give a big thanks to James Harris who MC'd on the night and had us all in stitches, also to Marion Heery who was busy organising things behind the scenes.

And, of course, to all of you guys who bought tickets and turned up on the night!

We raised a whopping 733 Euro on the night and the raffle has brought in almost 2000 Euro. This will go a long way towards vaccinations and medical care for the dogs we take in dogs from the pounds. Thanks!


MADRA is having a short break!

Due to staff holdiays and refurbishment, there will be limited kennel spaces available in the MADRA kennels from now until the end of April. We will try to keep these spaces free for emergency situations only so if you need to rehome your dog, please do not contact us until 30th April. If you are looking for a new dog, keep checking our website or do try your local dog pound or other dog rescues in your area. It will be business as normal from May 1st!


Raffle Tickets on Sale

The MADRA annual prize draw will take place on the 30th of March.

Tickets are only five euros each - Fantastic prizes to be Won!

  • UK Short Break: A Return trip (Dublin to Hollyhead) with Stenaline for two people (inc car) plus a two night stay in a deluxe room including breakfast and dinner on one evening, at DeVere Village Hotel, St. Davids, Chester. 10 % discount in many shops within major shopping centre nearby in Chester City.

  • Five Star Hotel Break: Two night luxury stay in the 5 star Kilronan Castle and Spa in Roscommon courtesy of Kilronan Castle
  • Connemara Self-Catering Break: 1 week Connemara self-catering break courtesy of Carraroe Holiday Village
  • Aran Islands Flights: Return flights for two to the Aran Islands courtesy of Aer Arann
  • Family day trip to the Waterfall Alpaca farm courtesy of Emma Bird
  • Wooden Dog Kennel courtesy of The Dog Company, Bushy Park
  • Cavan Crystal gift box

For tickets contact Marina on 086 8149026 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Galway Person of the Year Award

A huge congratulations to Marina who will be awarded a Galway Person of the Year award "for her ceaseless work in the care of dogs who other people neglected."

MADRA volunteers at the REHAB Galway People of the Year Awards Launch

Nominated by the general public, the winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. The official announcement was made Sunday, Feb 20th during an evening press reception in the Clayton Hotel.

The MADRA volunteers (right) were there in full force to show their support for Marina and we are all looking forward to attending what is considered to be "one of the highlights of the Galway social calendar" on Saturday, April 2nd in the Clayton Hotel.

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MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue & re-homing facility whose ultimate and overall aim is to ensure that all dogs have permanent, loving homes. MADRA works to educate members of the general public to have a responsible attitude towards dogs and their welfare and to help create a world where no healthy, good-natured dogs are killed merely because they are considered to be a surplus number.

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